Her name is Dorothée Boissier, and with a degree in interior design, she spent three years as project manager for Christian Liagre before joining Philippe Starck’s agency. As for the other half of the partnership, Patrick Gilles, after getting a degree in interior and industrial design, he also worked alongside Christian Liagre. Their encounter would ultimately lead to the founding of their own agency — and of a family. In January 2004, Gilles & Boissier, was created, offering services in “artistic direction for architecture, furnishings, and graphic design.” In their Paris office, they work with three architects and four interior designers. They travel frequently asserting that: experiencing other cultures is creatively “enriching, eye-opening,” Their work can be viewed in the W hotel in Shanghai, the Hakkasan restaurant in Abu Dhabi, Salt in Florida, Moncler stores in St. Moritz and Milan, just to name a few, as well as private homes and yachts. They like to play with contrasts, and define their style as “chameleon like, ranging from minimalist to baroque, incorporating a mix of periods.” While the private realm should “retain an intimate feel, they believe” public spaces like restaurants can intensify the notion of “spectacle.” And thanks to Gilles & Boissier, such spectacles are being enjoyed by patrons the world over.